The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Expecting Their First Child

  December 3, 2012 at 1:00 pm by

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The Buckingham Palace announced today that the Duchess of Cambridge is expecting her first child. No approximate due date was given. It will be the first child for William and Kate. Her Majesty, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are “delighted” with the news.

The news was announced earlier, as the Duchess has been admitted to hospital requiring extra fluids and hydration: “The Duchess was admitted this afternoon to King Edward VII Hospital in Central London with Hyperemesis Gravidarum. As the pregnancy is in its very early stages, Her Royal Highness is expected to stay in hospital for several days and will require a period of rest thereafter.”

As the Law is right now, if the first-born is a girl, she will be Heiress Presumptive and not Heiress Apparent to the Throne, and can be displaced in the line of succession if a younger brother is born. However, if the recently proposed chances to succession laws are adopted by all countries of the Realm, she will be Heiress Apparent and will one day become Queen Regnant of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and other countries of the Realm. If the first-born is a boy, then he will be Heir Apparent to the Throne from birth.

As per King George V’s 1917 Letters Patent, the title of a Prince/Princess and the style of Royal Highness was limited to the children and male-line grandchildren of the Monarch, as well as the eldest son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales. Thus, if the baby is a boy, he will automatically be Prince of the Realm. If, however, the baby is a girl, it is likely Her Majesty will issue Letters Patent granting her (most probably, along with any further children William and Kate will have) a Princely title and style of a Royal Highness.

Warmest congratulations to the couple!

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16 Responses to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Expecting Their First Child

  1. Diana Lucia Zotescu says:

    I would like to wish Their Royal Highnesses my most sincere congratulations for the happy prospect of having Their first child sometime next year. May God bless Their life and the life of Their future child.
    Diana Lucia Zotescu

  2. G.J.Kantharia says:

    Many congratulations to the Royal Couple for this good news.

  3. Robin Webb says:

    Congrats!!! So excited for them!

  4. qzwxec says:

    That all said, I too want to add my congratulations to the young couple who seem to be so much in love. May you have many more.

  5. Malcolm Halstead says:

    So very happy for them both

  6. Patricia Patron says:

    Congratulations to the lovely Royal Couple. The are a breath of fresh air for the Brittish Monarchy, so genuine and kind. Many Blessings to them and their new baby.

  7. Rani Habie says:

    Congratulation to the lovely Royal Couple for the happy prospect of having their first child.

  8. J. Knight says:

    Great News—-hope Duchess Kate feels better soon.

  9. Father Andrew L. J. James, Ph.D. says:

    Her Grace, the Duchess of Cornwall is a fairly close cousin of Prince Charles. A great grandmother (?) was the illegitimate child of one of the Georges. Does anyone remember the precise names, and wouldn’t it be interesting to discover what degree of cousinhood, the Duchess has to the expected child. “Grandmother” is just out.

  10. Laurel Andersen says:

    Even your rebel cousins over the pond are thrilled! What a Christmas gift for the Queen!!

  11. natalya says:

    Good news !

  12. Mitar says:

    I offer my heartfelt congratulations to the happy couple & to the Royal Family. I wish for the Duchess of Cambridge to recover as soon as possible from her condition.

  13. Adib Vincent Tung says:

    Congratulations. This is good news and I wish the Duchess will recover soon. Take good care.

  14. Steve Shimer says:

    Congratulations on the pending birth! I hope The Duchess continues to feel better.

    If the child is a girl I am hoping they use the name Maud. Its been used some in the royal family over the years and for whatever reason I like it. I hope the first name is not Elizabeth or Diana. Let the new child have her (or his) own identity.

  15. Shirley-Anne Thomson says:

    Congratulations your own little bundle of joy. we had five under seven years and they are all very close friends and each one a joy.
    I had a lot of ginger biscuits too.
    We are so excited what a wonderful way to end the year for HM The Queen and Prince Phillip with the news of your dear wee baby on the way.
    Our love

  16. LLC says:

    Am so very thrilled with the news of a baby on the way for William & Kate. May God bless them with a healthy child.
    Get well soon Kate. You are a Duchess Supreme.
    With love,
    LLC

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